Fighters who may have been your favourite, if you watched in their prime.

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  1. SSJ16

    SSJ16 Blue Belt

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    I started watching mostly UFC around 6-7 years ago. How I got into it was seeing Pride clips of Wanderlei, Shogun and Rampage. When I saw their highlights, I was immediately intrigued.

    But when i started really becoming a serious fan of UFC, these guys seemed to be a shell of their former selves. I feel sad that I missed out on their glory days but I feel like if I was really into MMA early, these 3 guys as well as Fedor would have been on my fave list.

    That being said, I have nothing but respect for all these fighters especially Fedor. I kind of equate it to getting seriously into basketball post Michael Jordan. Jordan to me is the GOAT but my favourite player that I watched is Kobe Bryant.

    Do you have any fighters who you think if you had watched earlier you would have been a huge fan?
     
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    Rampage.

    He always tried to take your head off.
     
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    GrindingANARCHY Banned Banned

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    First fight Wand got with Saku. I didn't understand how someone getting destroyed in 2 mins was actually the favorite and considered one of the best in MMA.

    Feels weird thinking about now.
     
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    El Guapo.

    I love the guy but I didn't even get to watch the Warpath fight in real time, despite being an MMA fan since UFC 6.
     
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    Rickson. with the great "Choke" documentary and his skillset, I wouldv'e like to have seen the man perform in real time.
     
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    I did not get into pride until close to the end, so I also missed out on a lot of fighters during thier glory days. I have watched almost all of the fights now but it's not the same as being there while the hype is building.

    To answer your question ts I would say gomi.
     
  7. LSXMMA

    LSXMMA I posty..I sleepy..I eaty

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    I have been watching since 03 so my list would be short.

    Bas and Igor. I didn't see my first Igor fight until 2004 and he retired in 05 after 2 straight losses to Overeem and Nakamura.

    Only live Bas fight I saw was his return in 06.

    I have since really come to appreciate both men's career and fights.
     
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  8. TobikanJudan94

    TobikanJudan94 Never be game over

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    Since I started to watch in 2010,all PRIDE legends that did bad in UFC(Wand,Shogun,Cro Cop).And Fedor too.
     
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    Bas
    Saku
    Fedor
     
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    The first fight I watched was Shamrock vs Diaz, it got intrigued so I stated watching their fights on Youtube and became a fan of both. Since then, I've always been saying that Frank would've been my favourite fighter back then.
     
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    Definately Bas.
     
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    I watched most fighters in there prime
     
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    Igor Vovchanchyn.
     
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    Igor, Royce,Rickson,Pele
     
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    Definitely Cro Cop
     
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    Started watching too early to really have an answer for this. It makes a big difference to your MMA perspective when you follow the sport for a long time. When people have only watched for a short time and then make broad generalizations or disparage certain fighters, it can be super annoying. But I guess it makes sense.
     
  18. BawzMcGee

    BawzMcGee White Belt

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    Gotta be Genki Sudo for me. For the showmanship alone.
     
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    I just started watching all the old pride stuff. I'm up to Pride 7 right now.

    Sakuraba is a fucking boss.
     
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    Dam this thread makes me feel old.
     

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